Why we must have faith in humanity, now more than ever
One of the deepest questions we can ask is:
Are humans fundamentally good or bad?
Of course the answer is neither and both.
Yet day by day how we feel about this question fluctuates with our moods and what we observe in the world.
Certainly the more we watch the news the more evil we see.
Over the last years in particular many people’s belief in humanity has been gravely eroded.
Yet, as we look forward to the future of humanity, with even the next decades inevitably taking us into completely uncharted territory…
…we must have faith in ourselves, in our humanity, in our ability to create a better future through what will inevitably be extremely challenging times.
It is the only way we have a chance of creating a truly human future of humanity, one that makes us proud to be human.
Today many would argue that we need only look around us to see how vile people can be.
However I believe deeply in humans.
There are so very many pure, beautiful people who give so much to the world and those around them, who inspire us, show us who humans can be at our best.
We will never be able to prove that humans are good or bad, because they are both.
So it becomes a question of what you choose to believe.
Of Albert Einstein’s many deeply wise words, perhaps the wisest were:
I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.
Or living in our very human context, we must ask:
Are we good? Or bad?
We must choose our answer.
I believe we MUST have faith in humanity.The thing about faith is it transcends proof or disproof. It is something you simply take to be true.
Faith in humanity is not about believing that every aspect of humans is wonderful.
It is believing that, fundamentally, the good in us outweighs the bad in us, and will win out in the end.
There is no question that having faith in humanity is a prerequisite to bringing out the best in us.
It will give us the brightest possible future.
So, now more than ever, let us have faith in humanity, and believe that despite our deep struggles on the journey, we have it in ourselves to create a better future.